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Volkswagen Typ 1 Cabriolet 1130cc — 1953

The best VW Beetle cabriolet for this summer is an early 1950s Type 1 convertible in superb condition. With two decades of ownership among friends and enthusiastically maintained from the 1970s.

Shaun Major
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"The desired model year, body, version, and colour combination in excellent condition. This car checks all of the boxes that a VW enthusiast is searching for."

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Shaun Major
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"The desired model year, body, version, and colour combination in excellent condition. This car checks all of the boxes that a VW enthusiast is searching for."


In October 1953, it was delivered to its first Swedish owner, Ann-Lisa Kvist of Malmö. The current owner has had the car since 1985, when he purchased it from a friend who had owned it since 1975. The car has been completely restored over many years by VW enthusiasts and experts, resulting in this gem. This model and year with a cabriolet roof is extremely rare, and you'll have to wait years to find something similar. According to the owner's research and long ownership, the total mileage is 146,000 km.

Technical data

  • Year
  • Registration date
  • Mileage
    46 623 km 
  • Kw / hp
    18 / 25 
  • Fuel Type
  • Transmission
  • Interior finish
  • Colour
    Wine Red/Beige 


  • Mechanical condition:

    As with many other cars of same model, the engine is a replacement. However, the engine renovator, Gösta Rustas, who built the engine in 1992, with a block from September 1953, and the car itself was manufactured in July 1953.  Furthermore, the car received new drum brakes rear 2021, and the tank was fixed the year before with a comprehensive cleaning and subsequently an epoxy treatment against interior rust.

  • Interior condition:

    Interior and carpets are lovely and patinated to some extent. The original radio, the motor-meter is a sought-after combi-instrument panel, fuel caculator, and the compulsory flower vase are all situated in the centre where the speaker grille is generally located. Because there is no sensor, the motometer instruments are not connected, yet it is a pretty straightforward  fix for someone with professional understanding. Also worth noting is the plaque for 100,000 kilometers driven, which was given to Volkswagen Type 1 owners who had drove their bseetle beyond the then-magical mileage.

  • Exterior condition:

    Beautiful two-tone paint from 1977 and a convertible top stitched in Sonnenland fabric, the convertible top fabric used by the larger and more luxury German manufacturers. Bodywork , paint, and base plate are all in good shape.

  • General condition:

    A very nice and presentable early Type 1 cabriolet that’s been owned by VW enthusiasts since 1975

MOT (tech. insp.)

Fordonsstatus: Itrafik 1990-05-18 (Konvert)
Ursprungsbesiktning: 1953-09-30 (regbes)
Datum i trafik första gången: 1953-10-07
Senast godkända besiktning: 2017-07-18
Besiktigad tom: -
Skattebefriad: Ja
Körförbud: Nej
Antal ägare: 4

Facts about the model

Första cabrioleten för Typ 1 kom redan efter kriget, i slutet av fyrtiotalet och stavades då Kabriolett. Även på 53:an levde den beteckningen vidare (bild) men ändrades senare till den mer internationellt gångbara Cabriolet. Just 1953 anses vara en extra intressant årsmodell då den faktiskt tillverkades i färre exemplar än 1952 och hade en synkroniserad växellåda med bara första växeln som osynkad och fortfarande den äldre 25-hästarsmotorn. 30-hästaren på 1200 cc som kom 1954 hade förstås på pappret och i verkligheten mera mos, men bland puristerna anses ändå den tidiga 1130-kubikaren med det karaktäristiska fördelarlocket vara viktigt, rätt och riktigt.

Location and viewing Information

Location: Mölndal

For viewing the vehicle, contact the valuator/depot:

Peter Sundfeldt / Shaun Major
+46 705-38 80 22 / +46 709-72 40 07 /

Pick up

Collection must take place before: 2022-06-02.

NOTE! Payment (deposit to our account) must be made within 5 days and before collection.

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